"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Thursday, August 23, 2007

He's Oh So Sorry

I see that the ineffable Larry Tribe, Harvard law professor and man of action, has apologized to the widow of the late Professor Bernie Siegan for having written Senator Joe Biden in 1987, questioning Siegan's "competence as a constitutional lawyer and sincerity as a scholar." Siegan had been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, but never was confirmed.

Maybe Tribe sincerely feels bad and believes that his words were misguided. Or maybe he believes that Hillary will be president and that she might nominate him to the Supreme Court, and that the time is now to backtrack on his treatment of Siegan so that the Republicans might be induced to refrain from engaging in a little payback. Call me a cynic, but I believe the latter.

1 comment:

Tom Van Dyke said...

Larry Tribe, Harvard law professor and man of action...

Well observed, Ben. That should be oxymoronic enough to disqualify a fellow from the bench, eh? If we wanted a "man of action," we'd have elected us a king.